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Re: Chinese adpositions (was: Re: inalienable pos

From:Mathias M. Lassailly <lassailly@...>
Date:Thursday, November 19, 1998, 20:03
Kou wrote :

Nik Taylor wrote:
> > > But aren't some of those "verbs" *only* used as adpositions? I suppose > > that at times it is rather iffy as to whether a word is adpositional or > > nominal/verbal. > > To be sure. The only borderline case I can think of at the moment is > "yu2". None of the Chinese-Chinese dictionaries I have right at hand > mark parts of speech (often a wise move), but the definition of "yu" is > given as functioning like "zai", like "xiang", like "cong", like "dao", > like "dui", like "gei" -- all of which, according to my mini-rant, are > verbs... > > Just ran a *very* scientific study of two native speakers who both > allow: > > Wo yu Shanghai. and Shu yu zhuozi shang. > I'm in Shanghai. The books are on the table. > > as a complete, if slightly pedantic, sentences. > > Verb? Preposition with stative verb properties? Your call. > > Counterexamples welcome, and if I remember, I'll have a look at what the > Li & Thompson says about this tonight. >
I don't speak one Chinese word. I only know kobun and modern Sino-Japanese vocabulary and I'm REALLY interested in that issue. Could you develop please ? Arigatai koto de arimasu ga ;-) Mathias ----- See the original message at